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The Buffalo 5 have a new court date to present new evidence in front of the New York Supreme Court.  John H. Walker, Jr., Darryl Boyd, Darryn Gibson, Floyd Martin, and Tyrone Woodruff, who collectively make up the 'Buffalo 5,' will be back in court on Monday, March 22, 2021, according to a press release I received.

The new court date is a continuation of a proceeding that started on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. The Buffalo 5 had filed to have the indictment against them vacated. Erie County Indictment 41-413 was issued in 1976.  The five men were indicted for the murder of William Crawford.  He was assaulted and beaten to death in Buffalo outside of his home on Fillmore Avenue.

Three of the men - Walker, Boyd, and Gibson -  were convicted of Crawford's murder.  They spent a total of 84 years behind bars for the murder they didn't commit. Now, they are trying to clear their names. Erie County District Attorney John Flynn is against the Buffalo 5's efforts to have the indictment vacated.  The judge in the case, Christopher J. Burns will rule on whether photos showing lone footprints at the crime scene are considered "new evidence."

Back in April of 2020, Darryl Boyd of the Buffalo 5, told Spectrum News that it has been difficult for them to clear their names,

"For the Buffalo Five, it's overwhelming. You know why? Because for so long we had no one that was really listening to us. We had no one. Because we was incarcerated. We came home and we started to move, but it's indescribable."

 

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